We made it to 2021! After saying "See Ya!" to 2020, it's good to look back at the Nov. 3 election results here in Palatine Township. You can review the races here. As you can see, Democratic candidates for federal office did very well here-- President-Elect Joe Biden bested Donald Trump by 20 points. U.S. Sen. Richard Durban and U.S. Congressmen Sean Casten and Raja Krishnamoorthi did very well, also. But the constitutional amendment to switch to a progressive income tax and the campaign to flip the 54th House District were unsuccessful. See how your neighborhood/precinct voted in all the November races. And if you want to help GPAD in 2021, click the volunteer button and we'll get you started! Many thanks to volunteer Eric DeBellis for mapping out the election results.
Eight SUVs and vans delivered food to Partners for Our Community (POC), Saturday afternoon, Dec. 19. The hundreds of diapers, bags of rice, mac & cheese, and other foods was collected at a Drive-By Food Drive at Hamilton Sports Field, organized by Democrats for Palatine Township. POC, on Saturday morning, served 209 families at its weekly food pantry--a 700 percent increase in families since the start of the pandemic. The food pantry at POC is open every Saturday to families in need. In contrast, the food pantry at Palatine Township, which is run by a Republican Board, is open only by appointment, once a month, on weekdays, and only to families who had been served pre-pandemic. POC is located at 1585 N. Rand Road in Palatine. Democrats for Palatine Township have seven people running for the Township Board in the April 6 election. Melissa Ortega is running for Township Supervisor; Tracy Boland is running for Township Clerk; Matt Flamm is running for Highway Commissioner; and the four candidates for Trustee are Thakar Basati, Megan Gawlik, Nathaniel Groh, and Deanna Santman.
Our candidates for the Palatine Township Board are sponsoring a drive-through food drive for Partners for Our Communities this Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon to 2:30 p.m in the parking lot at Hamilton Sports Field, 1037 N. Smith, Palatine. The food pantry at POC helps families who are not able to access the Township Food Pantry--just one of several issues our candidates want to address. Come out and meet the candidates! You can help our township neighbors by contributing on Saturday. Here's what's needed: cereal, rice, tomato products, tuna, mac & cheese, pasta, dry beans, snacks, peanut butter and jelly, and diapers, sizes 3, 4, and 5. We will be masked and socially distanced. You can drive up, pop the trunk, and we'll unload your car. Easy-peasy.